A loan of $1,775 helped a member to buy beauty products, a blower and hair brushes.

Cristo Redentor 1 & 2 Group's story

Francisca is the coordinator of her group Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) 1 & 2. She makes her home here in a simple structure with her husband and their three children. She says that her most difficult challenge is to maintain quality service for her clients. In the meantime she plans to continue enjoying being at her home resting.

Francisca has run a beauty salon business for over six years, starting with two blowers and curling irons that she bought with some savings. Francisca is excited to be taking out her seventh loan with Esperanza after having successfully repaid her previous loans and grown her business. She plans to use this loan to invest in her venture by buying more beauty products, a blower and some hair brushes. She will save her profits because she wants to build her house. Living in her own house is her dream.

This associate began working with Esperanza because she needed to improve her business. Her story is representative of her group and of Esperanza's Haitian and Dominican clients, many of whom recently emigrated to the Dominican Republic from Haiti. Her group is located in San Pedro de Macoris, a city famous for its baseball players and sugar cane industry. The town’s main economic activity revolves around a free trade zone, a cement factory, and other businesses. This area, like nearly all impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic, suffers from unreliable running water (none of which is potable) and electricity.

In this group: Francisca, Ignicia, Yolanda, Rosa, Maria, Cristina, Ilcia, Olga, Aurelina, Rafaela

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